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Stand-up job: Red panda rises to Twitter fame with parade-ground posture

Li Hua the red panda stands on her hind legs to be weighed at Non Hoi Park, a zoo in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, in this recent photo provided by the zoo.
Li Hua the red panda stands on her hind legs to be weighed at Non Hoi Park, a zoo in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, in this recent photo provided by the zoo.

TOYOHASHI, Aichi -- Photos of a red panda standing straight upright on a scale at a zoo in this central Japan city are conquering Japanese social media after the zoo posted them on its Twitter account on Aug. 28.

    Comments on the cute-fest at Toyohashi's Zoo and Botanical Park, also called Non Hoi Park, include, "I thought it was an animal suit" and "Its posture is just too good."

    The red panda at parade-ground attention is a 2-year-old female called Li Hua, and the zoo tweeted out her weigh-in with the tagline, "She's standing so well on the scale."

    Li Hua was born at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo in June 2018, and moved into her digs at Non Hoi Park in January this year along with a fellow red panda named Shou Shou, age 3, from Asahiyama Zoo in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. Both pandas stood upright on their hind legs to be weighed, according to Non Hoi Park.

    Another red panda named Futa at Chiba Zoological Park east of Tokyo also became a huge hit for standing upright. The species apparently tends to go up on its hind legs to get a better look at high places.

    A Non Hoi official told the Mainichi Shimbun, "It's up to Li Hua's and Shou Shou's mood when they stand up. If you're timing is good, you might be able to see them do it."

    (Japanese original by Maki Nakajima, Tokyo Web Editorial Center)

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